The Haswell Desktop Built

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Took a bit to get all the parts together, this was the first time a processor was flagged before they could ship it from my mailbox, but after a few days they shipped it out. Got all the parts together and a few pieces from Professional and I was good to go.

Hardware

  • Thermaltake Urban S41 ($130)
  • CoolMaster 1000W
  • Samsung 840 SSD 500 GB SATAIII (Windows 7) ($331)
  • OCZ 256 GB SSD SATAIII (Windows 8) ($239)
  • Intel Core i7-4770 ($320)
  • Gigabyte Z87 LGA 1150 Dual LAN ATX ($230)
  • Corsair 16 GB DDR3 1600Mhz Vengence ($128)
  • Gigabyte AMD Radeon HD 7970 OC 3GB GDDR5 ($400)
  • Digistar BlueRay Drive (Slot Loading)
  • 2 x Seagate 3TB SataIII

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The other components I got from Kuwait for 254 KWD which isn’t too bad overall the most expensive parts in Kuwait was the original OS and I wanted both on it since I do love Windows 7 and I wanted to try Windows 8 on a Desktop, but its going to be missing the Gestures still an interesting item to try.

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Installed Windows 7 First and then installed Windows 8, then it comes up as an option which one Operating System to Start at Boot, and when you choose, its up in only a few seconds. Years ago it would have taken over a minute and a half, and now its 10 seconds tops, I love SSDs.

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I’m planning to install a few games on the Windows 7, nothing crazy just StarCraft II & the latest addition as well as Diablo III. Just worth having on my machine, and I do want to play those games. And what I love about this machine is that it is powerful and VERY quiet, no sound from it what so ever, I wouldn’t know it was on without that blinking lights on top.

Alienware M11x

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Alienware has fallen a bit off the radar after my last experience with them but I have to say that the new M11x does seem a bit enticing, and they have upgraded the hardware recently. And all this packed into an 11inch screen, pretty impressive overall and the starting price for the Core i7 is around $999.

Specs:

  • Core i7
  • 8 GB
  • 256 SSD
  • Windows 7 Ultimate – 64 Bit
  • HDMI & Lots of USB

Adding Up to $2400, with all the ridiculous options available

Intel Core i7 is Out

Intel just keeps dropping product after product, and they have just released the Intel Core i7 which we have heard a lot about. There are even a few boards out from Intel, Asus, and Gigabyte which do have a lot of interesting features. This chip is targeted towards people who use their desktops heavily for concurrent multi-applications and also gaming. The chips range from $300 up to $1000 for the higher end version, can’t wait to see people’s reviews the benchmarks to come out.

Even the standard amount of Ram on these boards is higher which makes things really interesting. Its amazing how cheap hardware has gotten and you can get a lot from these boards.